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Analysis

Stanton Wakes Up, Yankees Rout Twins 14-1

The Yankees finally seem to be getting on a roll, winning their third straight game against the Twins on Monday night in dominating fashion.

  • Minnesota Twins:1 (8-9)
  • New York Yankees:14 (12-9)
  • American League, FINAL
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

After a so-so start to the season, the Yankees have now won four out of their last five and it seems they may have found a groove. The way this season has gone, it remains to be seen whether they stay hot or not.

Masahiro Tanaka bounced back in a huge way Monday night going six and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five. The only run came on a Brian Dozier RBI-single in the fifth. Tanaka was lifted with 91 pitches after a two-out walk in the seventh. Chad Green would go on to finish that inning.

After two starts in which he gave up six earned runs, Tanaka needed a good start to get back on track. Let’s all hope this dominant showing does just that for the Yankees pitcher.

The Yankees started off the scoring early with a Gary Sanchez two RBI-double in the bottom of the first inning. The next batter, Aaron Hicks, followed that up with an RBI-single of his own, extending the Yankees lead to three very early.

Miguel Andújar (3) continued his torrid hitting with a solo home run to left field in the second inning. The home run traveled 373 feet and had an exit velocity of 110.4 MPH. Andujar joined Mickey Mantle and Joe Dimaggio as the only Yankees to have 7 straight games with an XBH.

In the bottom of the fifth, Giancarlo Stanton (5) gave the Yankee fans something to cheer about, hitting a 435-foot bomb into the left-field bleachers. The home run was absolutely majestic and maybe the four for four night gets Stanton going.

The Yankees would tack on three insurance runs in the seventh on a Stanton RBI-single and a two RBI-double by Tyler Austin, making the score 8-1.

Didi Gregorius (7) hit a grand slam in the eighth and Tyler Austin then hit his fourth home run of the year (off a position player), putting the rout in full effect at 14-1. This is the Yankees fourth game in a row scoring at least five runs.

In other news, Gleyber Torres picked up his first big league hit in the bottom of the eighth. You can breathe now, rookie.

The recently called-up David Hale was brought in for mop-up work in the eighth and would finish the game for the Yankees, throwing two scoreless innings.

What’s Next

The Yankees and Twins will play game two of this four-game series in the Bronx. CC Sabathia will take the ball for the Yankees and will go up against young right-hander, José Berríos.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET and can be found on Yes Network or heard on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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